Matthew Barney returns to Detroit for an exclusive screening of his newest work RIVER OF FUNDAMENT, a radical reinvention of Norman Mailer’s novel Ancient Evenings. In collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler, Barney combines traditional modes of narrative cinema with filmed elements of performance, sculpture, and opera, reconstructing Mailer’s hypersexual story of Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, alongside the rise and fall of the American car industry.
ACT 2 is principally filmed in Detroit – in Delray, on the Belle Isle Bridge, in the Rouge and Detroit Rivers, and at the landing for McLouth Steel in Trenton. More than two hundred members of the local music and art scene contributed to this magnum opus. Join the cast and crew for an exclusive event, five hours and fifty-two minutes long including two intermissions.
The film premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February and has since been exhibited in Munich, Adelaide, Vienna, and Reykjavik. Ticket prices range from $20 to $150, on sale at the DIA ticketing site and box office.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
11:00 am - Brunch with Matthew Barney
with beam signing at The Scarab Club
12:30 pm - Film Screening, Detroit Film Theatre
6:30 pm - Afterglow with cast and crew, Rivera Court
Tickets for brunch and afterglow are limited.
(includes Brunch with beam signing, Film, Afterglow and valet parking) - $150
(includes complimentary parking in designated lots) - $35
Afterglow with cast and crew
(no film or parking) - $100
River of Fundament, produced by Matthew Barney and Laurenz Foundation, is presented worldwide on behalf of the artists by Manchester International Festival. This event is sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art in partnership with College for Creative Studies and the Scarab Club.